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Double Fatal Traffic Crash - Highway 30 northwest of Baker City
11/16/2008
Matt Shirtcliff, District Attorney
Baker County District Attorney's Office
Office: (541) 523-8205
 
Lieutenant David Macmaniman
Oregon State Police - Baker City
Office: (541) 523-5867 ext. 4610

The operator of a motorcycle and a passenger in a car died Saturday afternoon when both vehicles collided on Highway 30 about five miles northwest of Baker City.
 
On November 15, 2008 at about 4:48 p.m. Baker County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police and Baker Fire Department responded to a reported traffic crash involving a passenger car and motorcycle on Highway 30 near milepost 44.
 
Preliminary investigation indicates a 1997 Subaru Impreza with 3 passengers, driven by KATHERINE KNOX, age 48, from Haines, was traveling westbound on Highway 30 when it veered across the road into the eastbound lanes where a group of 3 motorcycles were traveling. One of the motorcycles, a 2007 Honda operated by TIMOTHY HUNT, age 47, from Baker City, collided with the right side of the car as it crossed into the eastbound lane.
 
HUNT was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was wearing a protective helmet.
 
The Subaru's right front passenger, CHRISTIA MARIE SCOTTON, age 27, from Baker City, was also pronounced deceased at the scene. She was using safety restraints.
 
KNOX was transported by air ambulance to a Boise-area hospital with serious injuries. The other two passengers, a 4-year old boy and 2-year old girl, both from Haines, received minor injuries and were transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital by Baker Fire Department ambulance.
 
All occupants of the Subaru were using appropriate occupant restraints and the car's airbags deployed.
 
Oregon State Police, Baker County District Attorney's office, and Baker County Sheriffs Office are continuing the investigation. Additional information will be forwarded through the Baker County District Attorney's office as it becomes available.
 
The highway was closed for over 5 hours while troopers and an OSP crash reconstructionist completed the scene investigation.
 
ODOT and Baker Fire Department assisted.